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California dreaming…

July 26, 2018 by Janet Sillett

A recent trip Stateside has left Janet Sillett pondering the lessons that local government across the globe could learn from each other.

Viewpoint: Crisis comms – lessons from Greater Manchester Police

July 19, 2018 by LGiU

Amanda Coleman, head of corporate communications at Greater Manchester Police, recently presented a webinar for Vuelio on Crisis Comms, Lessons from Greater Manchester Police. She discussed the Manchester Arena bombing and the importance of keeping people at the heart of your response. The webinar included a live Q&A, and afterwards she spoke to Vuelio’s …

Local Government APPG meeting on Homelessness with Nigel Adams MP

July 16, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

On Monday 9th July, the Local Government APPG hosted a meeting in Parliament to discuss homelessness and were joined by Nigel Adams MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

LGiU Fortnightly 13th July: The view from Basildon and Kingston

July 13, 2018 by Jennifer Glover

This week we report on Basildon’s place-shaping work, Kingston’s women-led administration and our APPG meeting on homelessness with Nigel Adams MP. Plus the regular roundup of Daily News and LGiU briefings, including business rate reform (or lack thereof), the Letwin review on housebuilding and brown bears in Gloucestershire. Hosted by Ingrid…

FloodCitiSense – being alert to urban flooding

July 11, 2018 by LGiU

LGiU is a partner in FloodCitiSense, a project that aims to develop, with involvement from citizens and local authorities, an urban pluvial flood early warning service. Susana Ochoa-Rodriguez from RPS Group, another of the project's partners, explains the latest stage of the project.

Happy Birthday NHS (but please don’t forget social care)

July 5, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

Today marks the 70th Birthday of the NHS. As relative youngsters (the LGiU is about half your age) we congratulate you on the institutional longevity. As individuals, we are profoundly grateful for the free access to health care and to those clinicians who have helped us in our own times…

CAMRA and LGiU reception

July 5, 2018 by Hannah Muirhead

On a fine evening in Birmingham earlier this week, LGiU and CAMRA hosted a reception as a fringe event of the LGA conference. We can’t confirm whether the main draw was the football or the chance to chat about local government and digest the content from the conference with a…

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